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Tornado Alert (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) Paperback – March 16, 1990

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Grade 1-3 Another excellent addition to this science series that has opened up a host of subjects to young readers. This book tells what tornadoes look like, why they occur, when they occur, and what to do when one strikes. A few incidents of disastrous tornadoes are mentioned, such as the time when a tornado in Minnesota lifted a passenger train from its tracks and carried it 80 feet through the air. The writing is clear, concise, and rhythmic. Maestro's color drawings are also clear and understandable, and fit well with the book's design. This book is for younger audiences than Fradin's Disaster ! Tornados (Childrens, 1982). It should be just the thing for young readers interested in the subject. Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Pub . Lib . , Ill.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Franklyn M. Branley was the originator of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series and the author of close to 150 popular books about scientific topics for young readers of all ages. He was Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum of Natural History-Hayden Planetarium.



Giulio Maestro is the illustrator of over 100 children’s books. He has also written his own books of word play and has co-authored two I Can Read Books with his son, Marco: What Do You Hear When Cows Sing, and Other Silly Riddles and Geese Find the Missing Piece: School Time Riddle Rhymes. The Maestros live in Old Lyme, CT.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064450945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064450942
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Franklyn Branley was Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum-Hayden Planeterium. In 1960, he originated the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, dedicated to explaining science to young children and encouraging them to explore their world. Dr. Branley is the author of over 150 science books for children.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 2000
Format: Library Binding
...with it's ability to explain this twist of nature at a level young children can understand. I was most impressed with the fact that not only does it describe the scientific aspects of tornado formation in simple terms, it also discusses tornado safety by giving kids several examples of where they might be when a tornado hits and the best place to take cover for each situation. While the publisher lists ages 4-8 as the targeted reading level, I found with our library groups at school that our 9-11 year olds were very interested in it as well. If you have younger children and live in an area where tornadoes are a real threat, I highly recommend using this book to introduce tornado safety.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Whitt on April 4, 2005
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I got this book from the library this spring to explain tornadoes to my 4-year-old son. It covered everything it needed to in one small and attractive book. The pages are not too long that he was not able to sit through it, and the illustrations are attractive and provoking. First it explains what a tornado is, where they occur, how they occur, when, and finally what to do if you encounter one. It does touch on the damage that a tornado causes, including speaking briefly about deaths. But I thought it was done in a straightforward manner and did not dwell on the topic or sensationalize it. I definitely think kids from the age of 4 and up could handle all the information in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roslyn M. Santay on October 21, 2013
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I bought this book from Amazon for my 5 year old grandson's birthday since he is really impressed with tornadoes. He had 30 friends at his party but when he opened our present, he wanted me to read the book to him immediately. It made my husband and me feel wonderful to see a book be the hit of the birthday party. It was very age appropriate too so he understood all of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Templeton on February 6, 2010
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My 6 year old son loves tornados and everything about them. This book talks about the how, why, when and where and what to do if ever in a tornado. We've had it since Christmas and still read it a few times a week. Definately a good choice for the the "stormchaser" in your family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PML on December 16, 2012
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We live in tornado alley. I have a 7yr old grandson. He is very into weather and was sometimes worried about tornados. He enjoyed reading this and was not scared by what was in it.
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By Book Lover on March 4, 2014
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Bought this for my five year old grandson who survived a tornado not long ago. He wouldn't mention what he went through until recently, then suddenly wanted to learn how a tornado is a part of the weather. I won't be showing him this book. I had second thoughts about the cover picture, but pages in the book that showed a town being destroyed with cars flying through the air, and the same with a train, were not what I was looking for. What was most disturbing was the mention of death tolls from specific events. The rest of the book's description of how a tornado forms, how they are detected, and how to stay safe was fine. I found the fatality info went a little overboard for a book for young readers especially if they've gone through a bad storm. Even if I tried to skip certain info while reading this book, my grandson would have been asking what it said. The pictures in the book are also a little dark and ominous like the cover. My kids loved reading rainbow when they were growing up, I thought this book would be worth a try. Maybe for a little older child who hasn't been up close to a real tornado.
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I love the "Let's Read and Find Out" series. We are using it to home school preschool science. The pictures are illustrated (no real photos of tornadoes) but the illustrations are realistic, conveying the danger of the storm but not too frightening for a four year old. The book explains facts about tornadoes and then goes on to explain to the child what he/she should do in the event of a tornado. As a companion to this book, we also read Tornadoes by Gail Gibbons (another favorite author of science books for small children).
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By H. Lynn-Blake on February 21, 2008
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I bought this for my 3 1/2 year old because he is fascinated with tornadoes. The illustrations were great and the descriptions were basic enough that he could understand them. He was able to follow along and look at the pictures as well as ask questions about them. Though not as indepth as some of the other tornado books I have reviewed, it's still a very nice book. It also gives great information on what to do if a tornado strikes.
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